2 May 2016
‘Money, money, money.’
Does that bring Abba to mind?
How about ‘It’s not about the money, money, money’ by Jessie J?
Which song do you prefer? Me, I prefer Jessie J. Life shouldn’t be about money and it doesn’t have to be a ‘Rich mans world’. You just need to live within your means; you really can take happiness from non-monetary things – like the smile of a child or the fragrance of a fresh flower. I guess what I mean is that the human race need to stem our greed for money and possessions. Me included!
This particular post started to take shape in my mind yesterday. Tom and I were in the lovely town of Luzy, France, mooching around a market. I was carrying the obligatory fresh-baked baguette when a guy stopped me to ask where I had bought it. I got the gist of what he was asking, so pointed down the road. He then bamboozled me with more conversation (in French) and I had to admit, ‘Je suis Anglais’, to which he replied, ‘Bloody hell, so am I’.
We then continued to have a conversation about travelling, blogging, writing, and (his point of view) not understanding why businesses in France close for a long lunch hour. I explained that the Spanish take four hours but (unlike him) I quite like the idea. He (A….. – by this time we were on first name terms) seemed to think it was OK for him to have retired early and be enjoying life; in contrast he thought the French should be ‘providing a service’ all day. I thought this seemed a bit mean. My ideal would be that people work an average of six hours a day which (in my simplistic mind) would provide more jobs for more people and more free time for those working. We would all have slightly less money but that could be resolved – too big a subject to explain how in here!!
Fast forward to this morning when I was listening to ‘Thought for the day’ on radio four. Taking out the religious aspect of ‘day of rest on the Sabbath’, the speakers views resonated with me. It is important to take time out from work. The economy won’t stop if we all work fewer hours. You won’t spend a day thinking, ‘I wish I was at work’ – however much you love your work. And…you don’t need money to spend a day having fun, learning something, relaxing or investing in a day of mindfulness** (which seems to be a buzz word right now).
I now know when I was working full-time – or more than full time, which I often did – I didn’t do it because I really, really wanted to. It just became a habit. I didn’t even think about it – it was as automatic as checking your mirror whilst driving. I know people who still over-work and I hope some of you are reading this. More than that, I hope you are reading this, recognise yourself and…STOP.
Whatever your beliefs, however you believe the world began; you were given your life to ENJOY it. You have one life – don’t live to work. Work to live.
Life is finite – make it fun – It’s a Girl Thing,
**Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
Mindfulness | Psychology Today
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